Doha, Qatar - South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol arrived in Qatar on Tuesday for a two-day state visit, with a focus on expanding economic relations between the two countries.
According to a new release by Yonhap News Agency, President Yoon is scheduled to meet with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Wednesday. The summit comes as South Korea and Qatar prepare to celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations in the coming year. Beyond traditional areas of cooperation such as energy and construction, South Korea aims to broaden the scope to include investment, defense, agriculture, cultural initiatives, and people-to-people exchanges.
During his visit, President Yoon will also attend the 2023 International Horticultural Exposition in Doha and inaugurate the South Korean pavilion. On Wednesday, he will take part in a bilateral business forum, expected to be attended by approximately 300 business leaders from both South Korea and Qatar. Further, Yoon plans to visit Education City in Doha to engage with young Qatari leaders.
President Yoon is the first South Korean leader to make a state visit to Qatar. Accompanying him are First Lady Kim Keon Hee and a 59-member South Korean business delegation. This visit concludes a five-day international tour, which also included a four-day state visit to Saudi Arabia.